ST. LOUIS -- There has been little opportunity for Yadier Molina to rest since the Cardinals' season ended two weeks ago, as his time and energy have been spent traversing the streets of Puerto Rico to hand-deliver food, water and ice to residents recovering from Hurricane Maria.Molina arrived in Puerto
ST. LOUIS -- There has been little opportunity for Yadier Molina to rest since the Cardinals' season ended two weeks ago, as his time and energy have been spent traversing the streets of Puerto Rico to hand-deliver food, water and ice to residents recovering from Hurricane Maria.
Molina arrived in Puerto Rico two days after the team's final game to oversee the distribution of five truckloads of goods to people in the northern Puerto Rican towns of Vega Alta, Dorado, Utuado and Cayey. The stops were particularly personal to Molina, who grew up in Vega Alta and now has a home in Dorado.
"Immediately after hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, I was extremely concerned about my family, friends and all the people in Puerto Rico," Molina said. "I felt helpless and could not concentrate not knowing if my family and loved ones were safe. I wanted to help my people as fast as I could."
That started with a fundraising campaign spearheaded by Molina's wife, Wanda Torres, in which they raised more than $150,000 for the relief effort. That money was used by Molina's nonprofit organization, Fundacion 4, to purchase the provisions that Molina then personally distributed.
Molina contributed an undisclosed amount of money, as well, to assist in the efforts.
Along with his older brother, Jose, and others from his foundation, Molina went door-to-door to make the deliveries. They completed their work on Sunday.
Molina's work to aid those affected by Hurricane Maria will continue, too. He plans to host a Yadier Molina Home Run Derby and Celebrity Softball Game at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan on Dec. 8. All proceeds from the event will benefit organizations dedicated to the hurricane relief efforts.
As of Monday, 26 days after Hurricane Maria made landfall, 87 percent of Puerto Ricans remained without electricity, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.